MSO12200 - Possible post-medieval building and field system on Tarr Ball Hill (Monument)


Building remains in the form of a rectangular platform with the northeast side defined by a substantial stony bank. A field system is arranged to the northeast and southeast of the building. The features may date to the post-medieval period.

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Type and Period (2)

Protected Status

  • None recorded

Full Description

Low earth banks forming fields and possible trackway. Often indistinct. [1] The remains of a building lie on Tarr Ball Hill at SS 86607 43785. The remains comprise a rectangular platform, with internal measurements 5 metres northeast to southwest and 3.6 metres northwest to southeast. The northeast side is defined by a substantial stony bank 3 metres long, 0.5 metres wide and up to 1m high. The northwest side is terraced into the hillside, and the southwest side is formed a slight bank. The building lies close to a steep sided gully. Erosion by this gully has destroyed the southeast side of the building. The remains of a field system lie to the northeast and southeast of the building. Dating these features is problematical, but they most likely belong to the post-medieval period. The features were surveyed using GPS as part of the East Exmoor Project. [2] This record was enhanced as part of the National Record of the Historic Environment to Exmoor National Park Historic Environment Record data transfer project. [3]

Sources/Archives (3)

  • <1> Verbal communication: Various. 1900-. Somerset County Council / South West Heritage Trust staff comments. AP Preece, 1 January 1992.
  • <2> Unpublished document: Riley, H.. Field Investigators Comments. RCHME Field Investigation, 23 January 1997.
  • <3> Digital archive: Historic England. Various. National Record of the Historic Environment (NRHE) entry. 1071755, Extant 16 March 2022.



Grid reference Centred SS 8653 4373 (129m by 228m)
Map sheet SS84SE

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Other Statuses/References

  • Exmoor National Park HER Number (now deleted): MSO7417
  • National Monuments Record reference: SS 84 SE101
  • National Park: Exmoor National Park
  • NRHE HOB UID (Pastscape): 1071755
  • Somerset SMR PRN: 35258

Record last edited

Mar 16 2022 2:13PM


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